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block_notifications
Maintained by Picture of Goran Josic Goran Josic
Not always logged in, you want to be up to date about new content, discussions or events in your Moodle courses? This moodle block implements a solution that periodically notifies learners about new content or activities included into a Moodle course. This solution will act as a sentinel that detects whether new contents or new activities have been included into the Moodle course, and notify the learners and/or the instructors about that. Notifications methods are: e-mail message RSS aggregator SMS message There is also a version of this plugin for Moodle 1.9 that can be downloaded from the Website.
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  • Picture of Goran Josic
    Fri, Jan 22, 2016, 4:31 PM
    @monchet

    You are welcome. Glad you found out what is the problem.
  • Picture of monchet S.
    Tue, Jan 26, 2016, 11:57 AM
    @Goran
    Just an update on my issue, after a day of successful runs ... the following day the block_notification task stopped running again. Upon checking the logs, it seems that when the job of checking moodle core updates is fired ... other jobs in-line after after that does not get executed for some reason (including block_notification). Disabling the automatic checking for available updates (Site administration ... server .. update notifications) seems to do the trick. Not sure why, but I guess I can temporarily live with manually checking for updates rather than not receiving any notification on courses. Hope this helps others who might experience the same issue. Cheers !
  • Picture of Goran Josic
    Tue, Jan 26, 2016, 10:16 PM
    @monchet
    Any debug messages in the cron output?
  • Picture of monchet S.
    Wed, Jan 27, 2016, 3:04 PM
    @Goran,
    As far as the cron logs are concerned there are no error messages but I did notice from the logs that the entire cron process does not finish and is somehow cut on certain tasks that require external connections (like core and language updates). Any task that comes after them does not get executed so my workaround is to temporarily disable the problematic task so that the entire cron job will be run. Another way probably is to change the queue of running the scheduled tasks, move the problematic tasks at the end of the queue. Currently that is beyond my level of knowledge, so i have to settle with disabling until I figure out the problem with the other tasks. I do appreciate and thank you for the replies. The plugin is working exactly as it was designed. Great plugin.
  • Picture of adam loonat
    Fri, Feb 26, 2016, 7:35 PM
    hi,

    I am quite new to this so may be a bit of a newbie question, however i have installed the plug in and updated via moodle but i am unsure of what to do next or is the plugin automatic/self running once installed as just trying to work out how to use it smile

    Any help would be greatly appreciated, thankyou

    Adam
  • Picture of Goran Josic
    Fri, Feb 26, 2016, 8:58 PM
    This block notifies changes and updates on Moodle courses via three channels: e-mail, sms and rss.

    You can add the notification block to the courses you want to be able to notify updates and changes to the students.

    There are global settings, course settings and user preferences settings.

    Please check at least the global and course settings.

    Please note that administrator activity in the course is ignored.

    Write here if you have more specific questions.
  • Picture of adam loonat
    Mon, Feb 29, 2016, 7:23 AM
    Hi Goran,

    Thankyou for your reply,

    I have set the block up and enabled everything as you have described but am still having no luck with getting any emails, i used one of the teachers account to add files to a testing area with a single student account active to test the system and i cant seem to get it to respond.. i have configured the block correctly but no luck, the only factor that i can source is that i do not have the checking for update box in the configure area which maybe its on a long loop to check for these updates but apart from that i am lost,

    If you have any ideas i would greatly appreciate it and thankyou for the plugin itself smile

    Adam
  • Picture of Goran Josic
    Mon, Feb 29, 2016, 4:02 PM
    Please use a teacher account, login as is not considered as such. If the email as channel is enabled in the course then you should be able to receive messages.

    If you still don't receive any message you can run the notification task manually.

    You can try to run the task manually with this command:

    php YOUR_MOODLE_ROOT/admin/tool/task/cli/schedule_task.php --execute=''\block_notifications\task\notify'

    Please replace the YOUR_MOODLE_ROOT with the correct path.

    If there are any error messages please let me know.
  • Picture of Movilitas2 Movilitas2
    Thu, Mar 3, 2016, 12:04 AM
    Hello,

    The email of the administrator is used as sender of them summaries of notifications. Is it possible to use email the support?




    Regards.
  • Picture of adam loonat
    Thu, Mar 10, 2016, 5:26 PM
    Hi Goran,

    Great plugin!! i did as you said and have run the system manually and works perfectly thankyou, just one last question, is there the option to be able to edit the out put message to something generic and default above the updates so the students know who its from a little clearer?

    any help would be greatly appreciated and thankyou once again for the plugin!

    Adam
  • Picture of Goran Josic
    Thu, Mar 10, 2016, 8:51 PM
    @Movilitas2
    Please try the latest code I have pushed online. When the support email is set this one is going to be used. It should solve your problem.

    Get it from here: https://github.com/arael/moodle_notifications_20
  • Picture of Movilitas2 Movilitas2
    Fri, Mar 11, 2016, 1:04 AM
    Thanks @Goran Josic, I've already updated the block, when you know if it works I'll let know.
  • Picture of Movilitas2 Movilitas2
    Fri, Mar 11, 2016, 4:50 PM
    Hello,

    To apply the fix is only necessary to replace the files in the plugin by new available on Github? Or is there any option to change?
    The manager says that notifications are still sending with the administrator account.

    Kind regards.
  • Picture of Albert Leatherman
    Tue, May 10, 2016, 1:35 AM
    Hi Goran, is it possible to send an SMS reminder x hours or minutes before an event on a Moodle calendar begins, rather than when the Moodle event is created? Thanks.
  • Picture of Qasim aziz Khan
    Fri, May 13, 2016, 12:39 PM
    Hi Goran , Please could you tell me that how can I install this block or from where I can download it. because I can't download it from this page.? Reply me fast..

    Kind Regards,
    Qasim Aziz
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